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Correction: Sept 15, 2015 Agenda and Public Hearing Notice for CIty of Timpson

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 15th day of September, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit: 


1.         Call to Order:


2.      Invocation:


3.                      Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge            


4.      Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce, presented by Paul Smith.


5.                      Council Items:


6.                      Presentations & Recognition:  Matthew Owens has received his Class D Water

      Operator License.  Michael Williams will celebrate his 3rd anniversary on Oct 1

      with the City of Timpson Police Department.


     7.          Citizens Input: 


     8.          Department Reports:


                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns


                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham


                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of August 2015, there were 21

                  citations issued,  24 violations, 0 to juveniles and 0 to minors.  Total amount

                  reported $20,088.13 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $11,048.47.


            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting the dumpster will be here Oct 3rd.  


            Notice of burn ban effective 8/12/15 for all of Shelby County by the Commissioners

            Court.  Effective 90 days from the date of adoption of the order, unless

            the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas

            Forest Service or the court.


     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no

       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the      

       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the  

       Minutes of this meeting.


A.     Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on August 18, 2015

B.      Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on August 18, 2015

C.     Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of August, 2015

D.     Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for August, 2015

E.      Consider approval of allowing the Citizens of Timpson to use the Plaza area on

 Thursday, September 24th at 7:15 am for a local “See You At The Station” Event.

 This will be a public gathering to pray and show support for our law enforcement

 officers and other first responders.

F.      Accept the resignation of Officer Thomas Jernigan, effective September 24, 2015.

 Officer Jernigan’s last scheduled shift will be Sept 15 – Sept 22 (84 hrs) of which

 he is taking off 3 days – vacation, 4 days sick. His shift is scheduled to be covered.

 The City’s Employee Handbook states employees will be paid for all hours worked

 and vacation pay due them on the “pay day” following their last day of employment.

 Officer Jernigan is scheduled to be paid on September 25, 2015. Officer Jernigan

 will be leaving approximately 72 hrs of unused sick time that the City does not pay

 at separation.




                                      REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –18)



      10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Set “Call Out” Pay for the Police Department

                  Effective immediately; the first call out will be Saturday, Sept 19th (12 hrs) and

                  Sunday, Sept 20th (12 hrs).  The 2015-2016 proposed rate in the budget is $100 per

                  weekend for the person who is on call, that is a rate of $4.16 per hour for that

                  officer.  There is no additional pay for being called out while on call.  The Council

                  will decide whether to increase pay by $25.00 for each, Easter Sunday, Christmas

                  Eve and Christmas Day, if those holidays fall during an on call day.


     11.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Amending the handbook in order that the “On

                  Call” officer be allowed to take the patrol car to his home at the end of the day,

                  immediately preceding his on call shift.  The current schedule will require the officer

                  to take the car home on Saturday morning at the end of the 12 hr Friday PM shift.

                  The car will remain with the officer on call until he returns to duty for the Saturday

                  PM shift. When the officer gets off at 8am on Monday morning, the car will remain

                  with the regular M-F patrol officers “in town” and not be taken home again until the

                  weekend.  The City Attorney has stated that “response times” may be included in the

                  handbook but should be reasonable and not set in miles but minutes.  The State Law

                  provides that employees may have to be able to respond to Civil Emergencies within

                  certain time frames.  Having reasonable response times for officers that are “on call”

                  should be considered for everyone’s safety.


     12.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Amend the handbook with regard to paying

                  Police Officers, time and one half for time worked in excess of 84 hours in a 7 day

                  Period, there will be no more overtime pay.  The three officers will be paid on Friday

                  Every two weeks and Chief Graham will continue to be paid weekly 40 hrs.


     13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Change current vacation policy-all officers earn

                  120 hours of vacation annually.  They are currently required to take off 1/3 of those

                  hours with pay and are allowed to take the other 2/3 without taking time off.


     14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Adopt Final Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.


     15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Adopt Proposed Tax Rate of .313000 per $100

                   of value.  This is an increase of 2.354480 percent for the CITY OF TIMPSON.


     16.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Raise in pay for Matthew Owens from $12.50

                   to $13.50 since he has received his Class D Water Operator License.


     17.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Resolution of Authority and contact info for

                  Austin Bank Police Account #2800018349, adding Mayor Debra Smith, Mayor Pro

                  Tem Ronnie Wolfe, City Secretary Leslie Leathers and Paula Mullins, Municipal

                  Court Clerk.  This is the separate Police Department Account that Mayor Pro Tem

                  Wolfe, Councilman Grace and Councilwoman Baker asked for at the last meeting.

                  Austin Bank requires an opening deposit amount and where it should be transferred

                  from, please include this information in your motion.


     18.        Adjourn:



The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act.

This facility is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair parking is available.  Requests for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.  Please contact the City Secretary at 254-2421 for further information or needed assistance.


This agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041.  For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-254-2421.





City of Timpson



Debra Pate Smith, Mayor






I certify that the above notice of meeting was posted on the bulletin boards at City Hall, 45 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas and on the front door of the Timpson Police Department facing outside, on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm.




Leslie Leathers, City Secretary



I certify that the attached notice and agenda of items to be considered by the City Council was removed by me from the bulletin board in the City Hall and from the front door of the Timpson Police Department on the _______day of, _______________2015.





Leslie Leathers, City Secretary

                                        PUBLIC HEARING

                                                                                         PUBLIC HEARING

                                                    CITY OF TIMPSON                    


                                    FY 2015-2016 BUDGET AND TAX RATE


The City of Timpson will hold a public hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15TH 2015 at the Timpson City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, in regard to the adoption of the city’s budget and tax rate for the fiscal year 2015-2016.  The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizen response and input to the proposed 2015-2016 City Budget and the proposed tax rate of .313000.   The City of Timpson will consider adopting a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate.  The tax rate will raise taxes for maintenance and operations by 2.354480 percent.  This is an opportunity for citizens to tell the Council what services they want and to what extent the needs of the community are being met. 


It is also an opportunity for the City Council to share information on the cost of such services and for citizens to express to what extent they are willing to tax themselves for improved services.


The City of Timpson encourages citizens to participate in the development of the City Budget and to make their views known at the public hearing.  Citizens unable to attend the hearing may submit their views and proposals to Debra Smith Mayor, at the Timpson City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, or mail them directly to the city at Po Box 369, Timpson, Texas, 75975.


Persons with disabilities who wish to attend this meeting should contact the City to arrange for assistance.  Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services should contact the City at least two (2) working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


The City of Timpson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Supports Fair Housing.



                                                    Debra Pate Smith, Mayor




This is to certify that I posted notice of this Hearing on the Bulletin Board of City Hall and on the glass front door of the Police Department, facing outside, at 1:00 a.m. on

September 10th 2015


Leslie Leathers, City Secretary, City of Timpson

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